Nearly 1,000 construction
grant applications for more than $19 billion from all 50 states, U.S.
territories and the District of Columbia far exceeded the $600 million in
TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) II dollars the
U.S. Department of Transportation can award for infrastructure projects ranging
from highways and bridges to transit and ports, Secretary Ray LaHood said
following the August deadline for submissions.
When the Sound Transit
Board began work Sept. 23 on the 2011 budget, it signaled the kickoff of a
process that will realign agency project and service priorities in response to
the national recession's impact on local tax revenues.
Ontario and the Toronto Transit continue to move forward on a commitment to
improving public transit in the Greater Toronto Area with the release of a
request for proposals to the three teams short-listed for the new Sheppard East
Maintenance and Storage Facility project.
Houston's NEW METRO is
hosting a public hearing on its FY2011 budget at noon Sept. 27 and the public
is encouraged to attend. In a break from past practice, the budget will be
presented by METRO's President & CEO George Greanias.
International Airport officials are hopeful an agreement on moving railroad
tracks blocking airport expansion can be hammered out within a month, perhaps
allowing some work on the project to begin this year, the Times of Northwest
As the city ponders how
to pay for light-rail budget overruns, the Hampton Roads Transit board took
action Sept. 23 to help control project costs, The Virginian-Pilot reports. The
board approved changes in the final large contract for rail construction that
HRT President and CEO Philip Shucet said will allow the agency to avoid
spending an additional "few million dollars."
(The following editorial by
Mike Norman appeared in the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram.) Time for a Fort Worth
streetcar update -- or, as I call it, the local obsession that won't go away.
Public support for rail
service from Pittsfield, N.Y., to New York City is gaining steam, according to a
survey of potential riders who expressed strong interest in the idea, the Berkshire
September 24-26, Metro in
the Washington, D.C., area will install new crossties, upgrade its track and
trim weeds on the Orange, Blue, Yellow and Green lines to improve long-term
reliability and service. As a result of this work, which is critical to
maintain the railroad in a state of good repair, riders can expect delays of up
to 30 minutes.
MTA Long Island Bus will
provide bus and van service in place of four Long Island Rail Road trains at
three Port Washington Branch stations in the early morning of Saturday,
September 25, in order to allow overnight track inspections. LIRR customers
will be able to transfer between trains and buses/vans at the Great Neck
Station, and should allow up to 30 minutes of additional travel time in either